Do you actually know what chitlins are?!

Me. Going in on a turkey leg. At Chitlin' Dinner 2011.
Me. Going in on a turkey leg. At Chitlin’ Dinner 2011.

So by now, y’all know I’m from the South.

My cousin. She enjoyed the chitlins as well. I don't think she knows what intestines are yet. (2011)
My cousin. She enjoyed the chitlins as well. I don’t think she knows what intestines are yet. (2011)

My family has a Christmas tradition, that consists of the following:

  1. Chitlin dinner hosted at my aunt’s house on Christmas Eve (if you don’t know what chitlins are, I promise, there’s an explanation below)
  2. Half of the family complaining about the smell the whole time they are at dinner
  3. Half of the family eating heartily of the cholesterol-laden foods (I’m in this category)
  4. Everyone goes home and puts any clothes they were wearing immediately in the washer or, if they’ve traveled, into a plastic bag before they put them in their suitcases.

Chitlins, as my family calls them, are actually pronounced “chitterlings” and they are pig intestines.

*wretch*

No, that is not a typo, my dear non-southerners.

Uh uh. No.

Chitlins aka chitterlings aka pig intestines aka “shitlings” – because, that, my dear, is what the house smells like when you make them.

Smell, complaints and all, it’s a Christmas tradition.

Call us crazy or call us for a plate!

I’ll enjoy the meal…and, possibly, work out in the morning. *big grin*

What are some of your family’s unique, crazy or special holiday traditions?

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